BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Fast food workers across the country are preparing to strike on Thursday as they protest for higher wages.
Most of the groups behind the planned strike are looking for raises that amount to dollars per hour, though there is no strike planned in Buffalo.
Fast food employees working for corporations like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King are planning to strike and Adam Villar from Buffalo can sympathize.
“Today it’s seems like you have to have $14$, $15 minimum wage just to survive – not living comfortably, just to survive. I don’t know how these people do it.”
But others disagree.
“It’s supposed to be an entry level wage, not a supporting a family wage,” said Bill King from Buffalo.
For a small fast food joint like Reid’s on Elmwood, even the proposed increase of minimum wage in New York to $10.10 an hour would be a problem. Owner Diane Kirchberger says they pay some of their employees more than minimum wage ,but only after they earn it.
“If they perform well and do well and do everything you want them to do and make themselves a valuable person to be working at your business, than you bump them up,” says Kirchberger. “How do I justify bringing in a 14-year-old person and pay them $15 an hour? I have a really hard time with that.”
When it comes to McDonald’s increasing its wages, some people think it’ll be the customer who pays the most.
“I still think that they have their costs and they are going to pass it on. And just because they are fast doesn’t mean they’re cheap. It’s still expensive when you go there.”
This is the seventh strike for fast food employees in the last two years.